Romney wins American Samoa caucus
March 14th, 2012
01:55 AM ET
3 years ago

Romney wins American Samoa caucus

(CNN) – Mitt Romney has won Tuesday's American Samoa GOP caucus, local party officials tell CNN.

The former Massachusetts governor picks up all of the U.S. territory’s nine delegates to the Republican National Convention in Tampa this summer.

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“We are excited as a party to help move the process along so the Republicans can start unifying to help beat President Obama in 2012,” Brandon Smart, executive director of the American Samoa Republican Party, tells CNN. “We believe as a party that we are behind a great individual who can pull this country together both on economic and social principles.”

The victory is one bright spot for Romney on a night when former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum grabbed most of the attention for his wins in the Alabama and Mississippi primaries. Hawaii also held caucuses on Tuesday.

U.S. territories play a significant part in the GOP presidential race in mid-March. Last Saturday, Romney won caucuses in Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands. He also picked up a majority of the delegates in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The next contest on the GOP primary calendar is Puerto Rico on Sunday.

Sen. John McCain won the American Samoa caucuses in 2008.

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Rick Santorum
soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. John Smith

    What an embarassment to this billionnare guy, cannot afford to buy all the votes in the US?

    March 14, 2012 02:45 am at 2:45 am |
  2. John Smith

    Can any of the Republican candicates, including Romney, tell us what it takes to defaet such a popular, learned, and well-liked President of the U.S? Forthe first time, American needs to show pride to the worls in someone like President Obama, and all we hear from the day he was elected to office is "hate" and strong emotions of "hate."

    For Christians, in particular, this is a real shame– "love" thy ememy as yourself– is certainly not from their professed creator!

    March 14, 2012 02:52 am at 2:52 am |
  3. Don

    Romney will win the most delegates tonight and you think it's bad for Romney.. I bet when Romney becomes President by beating Obama, you'll come up with a way to say that it was a bad day for Romney.

    March 14, 2012 04:11 am at 4:11 am |
  4. Jim

    Two more MSM storylines deserve closer inspection. First, is Romney really a weak front runner? Did the MSM call Obama a week front runner in 2008 when there were only two candidates instead of four? Is it possible Romney isn't so much weak (except to the extent his weakness is invented and relentlessly promoted by the MSM and of course his rivals, until it starts to become reality) or is that the Republican Party is wrestling to see which faction (or collection of interests) best speaks for the GOP at this time? As the party has become more conservative, is it any surprise there is a tussle? And second, isn't it a little to easy to assume the factions or interests supporting Gingrich would all support Santorum should Gingrich withdraw? Santorum probably gets higher percentage of Gingrich's support in the South, and maybe the Midwest, but probably not in the West and Northeast.

    March 14, 2012 04:18 am at 4:18 am |
  5. Don

    Romney wins more delegates than Santorum tonight and there were two big southern states on the ticket. Santorum is running out of Southern States to catch Romney.

    March 14, 2012 04:19 am at 4:19 am |
  6. Don

    Romney slaughtered Santorum in Hawaii, and won all the delegates in American Samoa!

    March 14, 2012 04:31 am at 4:31 am |
  7. Dale

    Why can't you say Ron Paul won the Virgin Islands? Mitt Romney DID NOT win the Virgin Islands. Ron Paul won the most popular votes. Since the media is only reporting popular vote as the source for who won the state, Ron Paul won the Virgin Islands.

    March 14, 2012 05:03 am at 5:03 am |
  8. packerfans

    Vote for Mitt Romney who can save America!! Dont Vote for Rick or Newt!! GO Go Mitt!!

    March 14, 2012 05:38 am at 5:38 am |
  9. Bo Heel

    stupid samoans. aint nothing but a bunch mormans. that's the only reason why they voted for romney

    March 14, 2012 06:05 am at 6:05 am |
  10. Anonymous

    I really want to understand the reasoning behind why someone would vote for Mitt Romney, honestly I don't see it and believe me I've tried to like the guy and what he believes in but it's just not there.

    March 14, 2012 07:06 am at 7:06 am |
  11. Guess What

    yep he won, but he got his ass kicked in the south, We DONT like the white obama romney

    March 14, 2012 07:24 am at 7:24 am |
  12. S. B. Stein E.B. NJ

    It adds to his delegate total. I don't know if most Americans really care let alone could find the American Samoa Islands on a map.

    March 14, 2012 07:29 am at 7:29 am |